Peter Bearman

Peter Bearman is director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) and the Jonathan Cole Professor of Social Science at Columbia University. A specialist in network analysis, he co-designed the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which was awarded the 2016 Golden Goose Prize. A recipient of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2007, Bearman investigated the social determinants of the autism epidemic. He has authored over sixty peer-reviewed research publications in addition to three books, Relations into Rhetorics: Local Elite Social Structure in Norfolk, England, 1540-1640 (Rutgers, 1993), Doormen (University of Chicago Press, 2005), and with Adam Reich, Working for Respect: Community and Conflict at Walmart (Columbia University Press, 2018). Bearman is the co-principal investigator on Columbia oral history initiatives that include the Atlantic Philanthropies Oral History Project, the Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project, and the September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project. He leads the Social Science Research Council scholarly borderland project on Big Data and Historical Sociology and contributes to the Russell Sage Foundation initiative in computational social science. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

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